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    Vehicle Races FAQ by M. Fletcher

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             GRAND THEFT AUTO: LIBERTY CITY STORIES
                VEHICLE RACES FAQ
                   Written by Gaseous Snake
                          November 2005
    
    THERE ARE A MILLION STORIES IN LIBERTY CITY. THIS ONE CHANGES EVERYTHING. ONCE 
    A TRUSTED WISE GUY IN THE LEONE CRIME FAMILY, TONI CIPRIANI WAS FORCED INTO
    HIDING AFTER KILLING A MADE MAN. NOW HE'S BACK AND IT'S TIME FOR THINGS TO BE
    PUT RIGHT.
    
    The streets of Liberty City are in turmoil. Warring Mafiosi vie for control as
    the town begins to self-destruct under waves of political corruption, organised
    crime, drug trafficking and union strikes. No-one can be trusted as Toni tries
    to clean up the mess of the city's chaotic underworld. Deraged hit men, morally
    depraved tycoons, cynical politicians and his own mother stand in his way as
    Toni tries to bring the city under Leone control.
    
    Forced to fight for his life in an odyssey that will shake Liberty City to its
    foundations, Toni must use any means necessary to secure his place in the 
    leadership of the Leone family in a town up for grabs.
    _______________________________________________________________________________
                                                                        PAL VERSION
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    Contents
    
    1. Introduction
    
    2. Copyrights
    
    3. RC Races
    
    4. Car Races
    
    5. Bike Races
    
    6. Version History
    
    7. Credits
    
    8. Contacting Me
    
    9. Closing Words
    
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     /\/\   INTRODUCTION                                        SECTION ONE   /\/\
    /\/\/\___________________________________________________________________/\/\/\
    
    The vehicle races are some of the more challenging parts of the game. In this
    guide, I aim to provide strategies for each race in order to help players who
    are struggling to get past a certain race. All three kinds of race that are
    covered in this guide are needed for 100% completion.
    
      /\_______________________________________________________________________/\
     /\/\   COPYRIGHTS                                          SECTION TWO   /\/\
    /\/\/\___________________________________________________________________/\/\/\
    
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     /\/\   RC RACES                                          SECTION THREE   /\/\
    /\/\/\___________________________________________________________________/\/\/\
     
    .-------------------------------------------------------.
    | Q. What are the RC Races?                             |
    :-------------------------------------------------------'----------------.
    | A. RC races are checkpoint races done through small, remote controlled |
    |    cars.                                                               |
    '------------------------------------------------------------------------'
    .-------------------------------------------------------.
    | Q. What are the 'levels'?                             |
    :-------------------------------------------------------'----------------.
    | A. There are three levels to complete for each race. Level one is one  |
    |    lap of the course, Level two is two laps of the course and Level    |
    |    three is three laps of the course. In order to pass a level, you    |
    |    have to finish first. The next time you get into that particular RC |
    |    Toyz vehicle, you will be doing the next level of that particular   |
    |    RC race.                                                            |
    '------------------------------------------------------------------------'
    .-------------------------------------------------------.
    | Q. How many RC races are there to do?                 |
    :-------------------------------------------------------'----------------.
    | A. There are three, one on each island.                                |
    '------------------------------------------------------------------------'
    .-------------------------------------------------------.
    | Q. Where can I find the races?                        |
    :-------------------------------------------------------'----------------.
    | A. In order to find the RC races, you'll need to get in "Toyz" vans.   |
    |    There are three parked around Liberty City. One in the construction |
    |    site in Portland, one in Belleville Park in Staunton and one at     |
    |    Francis Intl. Airport in Shoreside Vale.                            |
    '------------------------------------------------------------------------'
    
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    I. Thrashin' RC
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    Location: Construction site, Portland
    
    This is a course which you must complete whilst controlling a remote control
    car. Here are just a few notes on the RC Cars themselves:
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                  |- - - - - - - - - - Notes - - - - - - - - - -|
                  | [1] If driven against walls they tend to    |
                  |     flip/spin and you lose control          |
                  | [2] They are extremely responsive           |
                  o---------------------------------------------o
    
    The problem with both of these points is that it can be practically impossible
    to control them, never mind win the actual races. I developed a fairly good
    method for this particular set of races because I did them innumerable times
    when trying to pass Level 3. The following is a fairly comprehensive 
    walkthrough of when to accelerate, break, slow down etc.
    
    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
    : Note: Before beginning, I recommend you change your directional movement :
    :       from the analog stick to the directional buttons.                  :
    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
    
    Having waited for the countdown to conclude, accelerate forward and go through
    the first three checkpoints before accelerating towards the building. Take
    this checkpoint before slowing down. Stay to the right (but not too close to
    the wall) to get through the gap. Tap the accelerator here to go through the
    checkpoint and then the next checkpoint. You will now have to make a hard
    right and go through a fairly narrow gap. It is imperative you do not hit the
    side of wall here or you could lose all control of the car. Once through the
    gap, carefully negotiate the gap in front of you. Now you can accelerate to
    full speed. Before the right turn, let go of X and use the directional buttons
    to "glide" around. Tap left a few times after the initial turn and you 
    'should' end up facing down the walkway. Accelerate through and then slow down
    again and use the directional buttons to glide around the right hand corner in
    front of you. Now accelerate down the hill before making a right turn in to 
    complete the lap.
    
    You will have to complete this three times. The first level consists of one
    lap, the second level consists of two laps and the third level consists of
    three. Your level progress is stored, so you don't have to do them one after
    the other. You gain progressively higher financial rewards as you complete each
    level. Achieving Level 3 is necessary for 100% completion of the game.
    
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    II. Ragin' RC
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    Location: Beside the house in Belleville Park, Staunton Island
    
    Similar to the previous RC race, except it's even harder. This time you have
    to contend with mounds, pedestrians, lakes etc.
    
    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
    : Note: Before beginning, I recommend you change your directional movement :
    :       from the analog stick to the directional buttons.                  :
    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
    
    Unlike bike or car races, your opponents all line up in front of you in this
    formation:
    
     REMOTE CONTROLLED CAR 1    REMOTE CONTROLLED CAR 2   REMOTE CONTROLLED CAR 3
    
                                       YOU
    
    This means that any initial overtake is practically impossible. In this 
    particular race, there are certain sections where you can gain an advantage
    and other areas where you need to play it safe. For the first 4 checkpoints,
    accelerate but take your finger off the accelerator to make the turn into the
    checkpoint. For the one over the mound, accelerate to the right hand side of
    the mound and get the checkpoint before going to the right to take the next
    one. Let go of the accelerator and glide around to face towards the next one.
    When you go under the bridge, let go of the accelerator and brake left into
    the next turn. Continue through this next set of markers cautiously, ensuring
    you don't flip the car. When you make a hard left up the mound, following by
    another left then a right, this is your chance to build up some speed and take
    a lead.
    
    Accelerate forward and make gentle adjustments with the left and right
    directional buttons. When you're going over the bridge, steady yourself (let
    go of the accelerator if need be) and then brake as soon as you go over the
    bridge. Go through this checkpoint and handbrake turn to the right. Hold the X
    button in now as you can build up some real speed. Before the marker in front
    of the lake, let go of the accelerator and glide to the left before 
    accelerating quickly and pulling a handbrake turn into the marker ahead of
    you (Make sure you handbrake turn to the right). Now accelerate forward and
    as soon as you go through this marker, let go of the accelerator and glide to
    the left and then the right through the fence. Accelerate forward to complete
    the lap.
    
    The following are some tips that will prove extremely useful to you through
    the course of this particular set of RC races:
    
    
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           |- - - - - - - - - - - - Suggestions- - - - - - - - - - - - -|
           o============================================================o
           | [1] Slow down/Brake to take corners effectively            |
           | [2] After taking the corner, immediately accelerate back   |
           |     to top speed                                           |
           | [3] If you take the lead, simply focus on finishing the    |
           |     course itself - the other racers are unlikely to       |
           |     catch up                                               |
           o------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    Like the previous RC race, there are three levels, with level one consisting
    of one lap, level two consisting of two laps and level three consisting of 
    three laps. You will need to complete up to level 3 for it to go towards
    achieving 100%.
    
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    III. Chasin' RC
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    Location: Francis Intl. Airport, Shoreside Vale
    
    This is perhaps the easiest of all three RC races.
    
    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
    : Note: Before beginning, I recommend you change your directional movement :
    :       from the analog stick to the directional buttons.                  :
    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
    
    Unlike bike or car races, your opponents all line up in front of you in this
    formation:
    
     REMOTE CONTROLLED CAR 1    REMOTE CONTROLLED CAR 2   REMOTE CONTROLLED CAR 3
    
                                       YOU
    
    As soon as you start, go the left hand side of the three cars and go through
    the first few checkpoints. There is no posts, pedestrians etc. in the way, so
    you have a lot of space to move into to avoid the other RC cars. Keep the X
    button held in and make small alterations to your path with the directional
    buttons. When it comes to the stairs, line yourself up (even if that means
    taking your finger off the accelerator for a short moment) and make sure you
    get over the stairs. Once you have, speed towards the next checkpoint and
    continue to make only small alterations to your path.
    
    Because of where the race is, you will find this incredibly easy to complete.
    
      /\_______________________________________________________________________/\
     /\/\   CAR RACES                                          SECTION FOUR   /\/\
    /\/\/\___________________________________________________________________/\/\/\
    
    .-------------------------------------------------------.
    | Q. What are the car races?                            |
    :-------------------------------------------------------'----------------.
    | A. They are illegal street races in which competitors compete for      |
    |    money.                                                              |
    '------------------------------------------------------------------------'
    .-------------------------------------------------------.
    | Q. Where can I find the car races?                    |
    :-------------------------------------------------------'----------------.
    | A. Walk into yellow markers beside ringing payphones to receive a      |
    |    challenge for a race.                                               |
    '------------------------------------------------------------------------'
    .-------------------------------------------------------.
    | Q. How many races are there to do?                    |
    :-------------------------------------------------------'----------------.
    | A. There are three races, one in each island.                          |
    '------------------------------------------------------------------------'
    .-------------------------------------------------------.
    | Q. Do I have to use a specific car?                   |
    :-------------------------------------------------------'----------------.
    | A. No. I recommend a police car for the first race on Portland and     |
    |    then a Yakuza Stinger for the other two races on Staunton Island    |
    |    and Shoreside Vale.                                                 |
    '------------------------------------------------------------------------'
    
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    I. Low-Rider Rumble
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    Location: Trenton, Portland
    
    I recommend a police car for this race. It has good acceleration and speed,
    but it is also durable - which means you can crash into a few posts and so on
    as you go along without worrying that the car will soon blow up. You'll have
    to race through the Red Light District, Harwood, Saint Mark's and then finally
    Chinatown.
    
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           |- - - - - - - - - - - - Suggestions- - - - - - - - - - - - -|
           o============================================================o
           | [1] Slow down to take corners before accelerating as soon  |
           |     as you have successfully negotiated the corner         |
           | [2] When coming down the hill in Saint Mark's, accelerate  |
           |     to full speed - this is a good opportunity to gain     |
           |     crucial seconds over your opponents                    |
           | [3] If you fail the first time, stick with the police car  |
           |     - don't swap to a fast but non-durable sports car      |
           o------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    You will need to do two laps. After coming first, you receive $1500 and
    complete the mission.
    
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    II. Deimos Dash
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    Location: Aspatria, Staunton Island
    
    For this race, I recommend a Yakuza Stinger, which can be picked up from 
    Newport. It has good acceleration and speed, but it's handling is key. When
    you are travelling at such quick speeds you will need to be able to get the car
    back in a straight line as quickly as possible. Other cars which I tried, such
    as a the V8 Ghost just didn't have the necessary qualities to win.
    
    For this race, there is one key place where you can gain a good lead. When
    you head out on to the main outer-ring road after passing the stadium, simply
    hold the button and go flying around. You only have to do one lap, so gaining
    an advantage on this stretch of road is crucial.
    
    Furthermore, use the handbrake and accelerate as soon as you are facing the
    right way, then use the analog stick to straighten yourself. This will allow
    you to get away quicker than the other cars and ensure you keep any lead you
    develop.
    
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    III. Wi-Cheetah Run
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    Location of mission: Wichita Gardens, Shoreside Vale
    
    The first thing you should do is get a Yakuza Stinger. The car has great speed,
    acceleration and can take a little bit more of a bashing than usual sports
    cars. The first time you try this, I recommend you simply try and get a feel
    for the course. After that you can make a genuine attempt to win the race.
    
    Once you start, accelerate up the hill and pull a handbrake turn around the
    corner. As soon as you are facing the right way, accelerate. This allows you to
    take corners much quicker. The Porter Tunnel section is where you can really
    widen the gap time-wise, as the Yakuza Stinger has fantastic overall speed. The
    tunnel is long enough for you to be at top speed for a good ten seconds and
    this can push you all the way in to first place and keep you there.
    
    At the S-shaped section of the road, I recommend that you handbrake turn 
    around all the 180 degree turns:
    
                                     |    |
                         .'```'. .'``     |
                         | |`|H| | |`| H  |
                         | | | | | | | ^  |
                         | | | | | | | ^  |
                             | |_|H| | ^  |
                             `.....` | ^  |
                                     | ^  |
                                     | ^  |
               _____
              / Key \_____________________________________________
              |-----|---------------------------------------------\
              |  ^  | Direction of course                         |
              |  H  | Where you should perform the handbrake turn |
              \_____|_____________________________________________/
    
    This diagram shows you where to perform the handbrake turns. Performing them
    here means that when you skid around the corner, you are facing exactly where
    you need to and can speed off, gaining valuable seconds. When you come to the
    part of the road that looks like this:
    
                                || \\    ||
                                ||  \\   ||
                                ||   \\  ||
                                ||____\\_||
                                '---------'
    
    (This is the part of Wichita Gardens with the apartments). You should slow
    down to make your turn on to the diagonal road. This is because if you take
    it too quickly then the actual barrier on the road is too low for you to simply
    crash into it. Instead you fly off the side and will basically have to give up
    on the race. 
    
    Once you've made your turn here and turned around the road with water on either
    side, you can afford to accelerate through the last two or three checkpoints.
    As stated previously, the Yakuza Stinger offers great speed and these little
    bursts could be the different between 1st and 4th.
    
    You'll have to do two laps of the course. Upon finishing first, you will
    receive $1500.
    
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     /\/\   BIKE RACES                                         SECTION FIVE   /\/\
    /\/\/\___________________________________________________________________/\/\/\
    
    .-------------------------------------------------------.
    | Q. What are the bike races?                           |
    :-------------------------------------------------------'----------------.
    | A. The bike races are illegal street races with motorbikes instead of  |
    |    cars.                                                               |
    '------------------------------------------------------------------------'
    .-------------------------------------------------------.
    | Q. Where can I find the bike races?                   |
    :-------------------------------------------------------'----------------.
    | A. Walk into the yellow marker of ringing payphone to have a challenge |
    |    issued to you.                                                      |
    '------------------------------------------------------------------------'
    .-------------------------------------------------------.
    | Q. How many races are there to do?                    |
    :-------------------------------------------------------'----------------.
    | A. There are three races - one on each island.                         |
    '------------------------------------------------------------------------'
    .-------------------------------------------------------.
    | Q. Do I have to use a specific kind of motorbike?     |
    :-------------------------------------------------------'----------------.
    | A. No, however I recommend that you use the same kind of bike as your  |
    |    opponents. For example, in the Portland race, the other competitors |
    |    are using the Sanchez. You should do the same since the Sanchez is  |
    |    better with sharp corners and you won't fall over the bike if you   |
    |    accidentally scrape against a car - like the PCJ. For the other two |
    |    races, your opponents are using PCJ 600s. You should use them as    |
    |    well for the races on Staunton and Shoreside Vale.                  |
    '------------------------------------------------------------------------'
    .-------------------------------------------------------.
    | Q. How do I get my bike to go quicker?                |
    :-------------------------------------------------------'----------------.
    | A. Push forward gently on the analog stick to make Toni lean forward   |
    |    on the bike. This will cut the amount of air resistance and         |
    |    increase your speed.                                                |
    '------------------------------------------------------------------------'
    
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    I. Red Light Racing
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    Location of mission: Chinatown, Portland
    
    You will receive this challenge from the payphone on the sidewalk of the main
    road in Chinatown. It is a bike race around the Red Light District. Consider
    the Red Light District. The course looks like this:
      
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                                                 7        6      \
          __       ____________________________      _________    \
            |     |                            |    |         \    \
            |     |                            |    |          \    \
            |     |____________________________|    |___________|    |
            |       2             3   9        4 8                5
            |      ________________       ______________________________
            |  1  |                |     |
            |     |                |     |
            |  S  |________________|     |______________________________
            |                         10
            |      _____________________________________________________
            |     |
                       _____
                      / Key \________________
                      |-----|----------------\
                      |  S  | Starting Point |
                      |  1  | Point 1        |
                      |  2  | Point 2        |
                      |  3  | Point 3        |
                      |  4  | Point 4        |
                      |  5  | Point 5        |
                      |  6  | Point 6        |
                      |  7  | Point 7        |
                      |  8  | Point 8        |
                      |  9  | Point 9        |
                      | 10  | Point 10       |
                      \_____|________________/
    
    Whilst points 1 through 10 might not accurately represent the yellow markers
    you have to go through, they show the route of the course. You have to complete
    three laps and finish first to complete the race. The first thing people most
    people do when they are faced with a bike race is grab a PCJ 600. You'll 
    notice all the other bikes are 'Sanchez's. You will need to find one also.
    
    At the beginning of the race, you will be faced with the following racer
    arrangement:
    
                      |   BIKE 1          |
                      |           BIKE 2  |
                      |                   |
                      |   BIKE 3          |
                      |            YOU    |
    
    At the beginning of the race, don't accelerate too much or you will find 
    yourself crashing into the bikes in front of you. They go straight towards
    the marker, so the best thing to do is to stay back. When you make the first
    turn at 2, this is your time to accelerate. Position yourself in the middle of
    the road and hold in X. This will allow you to really build up speed whilst
    avoiding all traffic. Keep accelerating until between 4 and 5 on the diagram
    and then slow down a little bit before hand brake turning into 5. 
    
    You'll be going against the traffic now, so make sure you avoid any cars that
    are coming towards you before hand brake turning at 7, 8, 9 and 10. When you
    get back to 1 you will complete a lap. As stated previously, you will need to
    complete three laps to win.
    
    The following are general suggestions:
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           |- - - - - - - - - - - - Suggestions- - - - - - - - - - - - -|
           o============================================================o
           |                                                            |
           | [1] Slow down before taking corners                        |
           | [2] When taking a corner, use the brake and handbrake to   |
           |     your advantage                                         |
           | [3] Only accelerate when you have a clear road in front of |
           |     you                                                    |
           | [4] Don't panic if you are only 2nd, 3rd or even 4th at    |
           |     any stage of the race - the ground can easily be made  |
           |     up                                                     |
           o------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    The key thing to remember is patience. You don't need to be first the entire
    way round, so wait for your opportunities to overtake before doing so.
    
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    II. Torrington TT
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    Location of mission: Bedford Point, Staunton Island
    
    This bike race is relatively simple. Unlike the one in Portland, you should be
    on a PCJ and the roads are nowhere near as compact as the race through the
    Red Light District.
    
    The paypone itself is located on the south side of the island, two streets
    west of where you pick up missions from Donald Love.
    
    After getting a PCJ, get to the starting grid. Again, the starting grid will
    look like this:
    
                      |   BIKE 1          |
                      |           BIKE 2  |
                      |                   |
                      |   BIKE 3          |
                      |            YOU    |
    
    Whilst you are at the back, you can easily accelerate up your opponents left at
    the beginning and pull a handbrake turn before accelerating away again.
    
    The following are general suggestions for the race:
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           |- - - - - - - - - - - - Suggestions- - - - - - - - - - - - -|
           o============================================================o
           |                                                            |
           | [1] Slow down before taking corners                        |
           | [2] When taking a corner, use the brake and handbrake to   |
           |     your advantage                                         |
           | [3] Only accelerate when you have a clear road in front of |
           |     you                                                    |
           | [4] Don't panic if you are only 2nd, 3rd or even 4th at    |
           |     any stage of the race - the ground can easily be made  |
           |     up                                                     |
           | [5] The PCJ has greater speed than the Sanchez, but you    |
           |     will have to brake much earlier to glide around the    |
           |     corner before accelerating away again.                 |
           o------------------------------------------------------------o
    
    You will have to do two laps of the race and finish first to complete the 
    mission.
    
    
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    III. Gangsta GP
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    Location of mission: Pike Creek, Shoreside Vale
    
    This is a trickier race than the previous three, mainly because there are a lot
    more posts and so on that you can crash into. The corners are also tighter and
    you'll probably have to go round the course itself a couple of times to get a
    feel for it before you can make a genuine attempt to finish first.
    
    The first thing you'll need to do is get a PCJ, so after finding one go to the
    starting point near the entrance to the dam road in Pike Creek. As usual, the
    starting grid looks like this:
    
                      |           BIKE 1  |
                      |   BIKE 2          |
                      |                   |
                      |           BIKE 3  |
                      |    YOU            |
    
    Whilst the countdown is on, keep holding X so that you can get away as
    quickly as possible. Once you've started, take the first corner by letting go
    of X and gliding around. Accelerate away, pushing forward gently on the analog
    stick to go quicker. When you have to make a sharp right turn, use the 
    handbrake and then accelerate. Glide around the next three corners and when
    you come to the long stretch of road, push forward gently on the analog stick
    whilst in the middle of the road. You'll pick up a lot of speed and gain
    valuable seconds doing this. Hard turn the next corner using the handbrake and
    accelerate up this road. Glide this corner to the right before pushing forward
    gently on the analog stick whilst you are going up the long, uphill, stretch of
    road. Glide the corner to the left and then handbrake the next turn to the
    right. Accelerate forward and make sure you don't crash. That is one lap. 
    
    Repeat the above method for all three laps. You'll need to finish first after 
    three laps to complete the mission and receive $1500.
    
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     /\/\   CREDITS                                           SECTION SEVEN   /\/\
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    Gaseous Snake: Writing the guide
    CJayC: Hosting the guide
    
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     /\/\   CONTACTING ME                                     SECTION EIGHT   /\/\
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    My e-mail address is gaseoussnake106[at]gmail[dot]com. Whilst this is the final
    version of the guide, I would appreciate comments regarding the structure,
    content and layout of the guide.
    
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     /\/\   CLOSING WORDS                                      SECTION NINE   /\/\
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    The vehicle races are one of the more challenging parts of the game. Whilst
    players can be good at the bike races or the car races, it is usually one or 
    the other. The RC races are universally hated - understandably. I hope this
    guide has helped players struggling with this challenging - but fun - part of
    the game.
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                                                      Copyright Mark Fletcher 2005